nine

nine

Two-Time Tony Award-Winner - Best Musical

Book by Arthur Kopit
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Based on Fellini's
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreography by David Connolly

January 21 - February 26, 2011

Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault celebrates SpeakEasy's 20th anniversary with a very special production of his all-time favorite musical, nine. Based on Fellini's classic film , this spectacular show tells the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini, who is facing both mid-life and marital crises after turning 40. Drifting toward a nervous breakdown, Guido finds himself examining his past flawed relationships with the many women who have come through his life, while struggling to accept and live life as a mature adult man.

Run time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one 10 minute intermission

January/February 2011

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Musical Numbers

  • Overture delle Donne
  • Not Since Charlie Chaplin
  • Guido’s Song
  • Coda di Guido
  • The Germans at the Spa
  • My Husband Makes Movies
  • A Call from the Vatican
  • Only with You
  • The Script/Folies Bergeres
  • Nine
  • Ti Voglio Bene/Be Italian
  • The Bells of St. Sebastian
  • A Man Like You/Unusual Way/Duet
  • The Grand Canal: Every Girl in Venice/Amor/Only You/Finale
  • Simple
  • Be On Your Own
  • I Can’t Make This Movie
  • Getting Tall
  • Nine/Long Ago/Nine

Cast Biographies

Julia Broder

JULIA BRODER (Maria/A Venetian Gondolier) is proudly making her SpeakEasy debut! Other regional credits include: Helen/Vinnie in The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theater); The Old Woman in Candide (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Masha in The Suicide (1st Stage); understudy Little Edie in Grey Gardens andunderstudy Miss L'Arriere in The Solid Gold Cadillac (Studio Theatre). She received her BA in Theatre Arts and Economics from Brandeis University, and she trained at the British American Drama Academy in London. Julia is also one of the founders of The Actor's Choice Reading Series.

Shana Dirik

SHANA DIRIK* (Mama Maddelena) is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Local credits include Auntie Bessie in A Child's Chrismas in Wales (Boston Playwright's Theatre); Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Metro Stage) and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Metro Stage), the last of which garnered her the 2009 IRNE for Best Actress in a Musical, Small Company. Favorite roles include Aldonaza in Man of LaMancha; Anna in The King & I; Terri in Sideman; Kate in Kiss Me Kate; Mame in Mame; The Witch in Into the Woods; Phyllis in Follies; Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers and Eva Peron in Evita. Thanks to my family for their love and support, and to Paul for this wonderful opportunity! Shana appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Aimee Doherty

AIMEE DOHERTY* (Luisa) is thrilled to be back at SpeakEasy, having appeared in The Women, Bubbly Black Girl... and Company. Other credits: Hot Mikado, Speed the Plow, Cabaret, tick, tick…BOOM!, Wild Party, Ragtime, and Into the Woods (New Rep); Grey Gardens, Follies, See What I Wanna See and Adrift in Macao (Lyric); Annie and Honk! (Wheelock); The Pain and the Itch (Company One); and On the 20th Century (Overture). Aimee received IRNE acting nominations for Cabaret, Speed-the-Plow, The Pain and the Itch and Grey Gardens. In addition to acting, Aimee is a freelance environmental consultant. Love to my husband Jeff.

McCaela Donovan

McCAELA DONOVAN (Carla) SpeakEasy: Debut! Local credits: Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme in Assassins (Company One); Yum-Yum in Hot Mikado (New Rep); Cinderella in Into the Woods (Reagle Music Theatre), Bianca in Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co), and u/s Disco Girl in The Donkey Show (ART). McCaela holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and will receive her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University this May. She is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the Screen Actors Guild, and is a founding member of mycollegeaudition.com. Special thanks to the SpeakEasy family and to Paul Daigneault for his trust and support. www.mccaeladonovan.com.

Kerry Dowling

KERRY A. DOWLING* (Sarraghina) SpeakEasy performances: The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Reckless; Jerry Springer – the Opera; The New Century; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Parade; The Women; Bat Boy: The Musical; Company (IRNE Award); Elegies: A Song Cycle; A New Brain; Triumph of Love; Floyd Collins; A Class Act; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Putting it Together; and Songs for a New World. Other Boston credits include: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and Follies (Lyric Stage); Into the Woods (New Rep); A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre); Gypsy, Anything Goes, and She Loves Me (Fiddlehead Theatre). Kerry has performed with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and is featured on their recordings Oz and Beyond and Razzle Dazzle. Last year Kerry was the recipient of the 2010 SpeakEasy Stage Outstanding Artist Award.

Jennifer Ellis

JENNIFER ELLIS* (Claudia) is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Jen is a resident cast member of Shear Madness, Boston. Local credits include: The Turn of the Screw (Boston Lyric Opera, MFA), The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Urinetown, 1776 (Lyric Stage), A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Boston Theatre Works), The Cherry Orchard, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Snow White (Peterborough Players); Company (Company Theatre); Beauty & the Beast (Fiddlehead); Putting it Together (River Club); Ragtime (New Rep); Into the Woods (Curtain Call); and A Christmas Carol (National Tour). Jen is an alumna of Bridgewater State University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Thanks and love to the Ellis fam and Ben. http://web.me.com/jenellis25

Celia Hottenstein

CELIA HOTTENSTEIN (Giulietta/Olga Von Sturm) is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Celia is a sophomore Musical Theater major at The Boston Conservatory where she was most recently seen in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, ensemble and u/s Johanna. Some of her favorite roles include Polly Peachum, The Threepenny Opera; Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls; Mabel, Pirates of Penzance; Laurey, Oklahoma! A heartfelt thanks to Nick Connell and Paul Daigneault for this incredible opportunity and to my wonderful family for their love and support.

Amy Jackson

AMY JACKSON (Stephanie Necrophorus) SpeakEasy: Debut. NYC:World Premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ Kaspar Hauser: a foundling’s opera, Cleansed, and the World Premiere of The Great Recession, all for The Flea; multiple appearances with MUSICALS TONIGHT!; Macbeth; Romeo & Hamlet (GayfestNYC). Regional: The Rocky Horror Show (ReVision Theatre); Tibet Through the Red Box, The Full Monty (Cape Rep); Into the Woods; Boeing Boeing; As Bees in Honey Drown; The Wizard of Oz; The Laramie Project; Henry IV; The Sound of Music. Amy has appeared as a soloist with The Boston Pops, and is an acting and dialect coach. BFA BoCo. www.amyjojackson.com

Maureen Keiller

MAUREEN KEILLER* (Liliane La Fleur) is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having most recently played all the doctors in Reckless. Other SpeakEasy credits include The Little Dog Laughed; Almost, Maine; The Women; and The Wild Party. Other local credits: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Speech and Debate, Epic Proportions, Inspecting Carol (Lyric Stage ); A Streetcar Named Desire (New Repertory Theatre); The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Pulp (Boston Theatre Works); Heartbreak House (Huntington Theatre Company); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Lyric West); Ramona Quimby, Pippi Longstocking (Wheelock Family Theatre). Regional: The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford Theatre Works). Maureen is a three-time recipient of the Independent Reviewer's of New England Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Women, The Wild Party and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Film: The Mulberry Tree, My Best Friend's Girl, We Pedal Uphill, Fever Pitch. Television: Showtime's Brotherhood and WGBH’s We Made America. Maureen has done numerous commercials and voiceovers and is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA. Merci beaucoup to Paul, Paul and Jim. For Patrick. Je t'aime.

Holly King

HOLLY KING (Renata/Gretchen Von Krupf) is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Her favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady; Cinderella in Into the Woods; Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; and Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress. She was most recently seen in the cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at The Boston Conservatory where she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Being an Arizona native, Holly misses the sun, riding horses, and, most of all, her wonderful family!

Erik March

ERIK MARCH (Little Guido) is honored to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Credits: Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theater); Storyville Detective; Into the Act with Aesop’s Fables; Camp Pirate, Good Fortune, and Henry and Ramona (all productions of Theater Workshop and the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA). Erik has received training in performance through the summer arts workshops of Theater in the Open in Newburyport and Circus Smirkus of Greenville, VT. He is a student at the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport, MA.

Cheryl McMahon

CHERYL MCMAHON* (Guido’s Mother) is delighted to return to SpeakEasy Stage, having appeared in Adding Machine and The Moonlight Room, both directed by Paul Melone. Local credits include A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, and The Student Prince (North Shore Music Theatre); Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Lyric Stage); Marty, The Rose Tatoo, and Prelude To A Kiss (Huntington Theatre); Cabaret (New Rep); Monsters, The Musical (CentaStage); Theresa At Home and Better Off Dead (Village Theatre Project); On The Twentieth Century (Overture Productions); and Annie (Wheelock Family Theatre). Cheryl has also appeared regionally at the Goodspeed Opera House in Half A Sixpence and High Button Shoes, and in Jack Neary’s critically acclaimed play The Porch at both the Stoneham and Majestic Theatres. She is a two-time IRNE Award recipient and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.cheryl-mcmahon.com

Brittney Morello

BRITTNEY MORELLO (Diana/Ilsa Von Hesse) is so pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Most recently Brittany appeared as an emergency replacement in the role of Eliza Doolittle at Maine State Music Theatre. Other credits include Pippa in Pirates! (Huntington Theatre), Ensemble in A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre), Julie Jordan in Carousel and Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes (Summer Theatre in Meredith Village), and Jo March in Little Women (Emerson College). She has also performed on the Spirit of Boston Harbor Cruise. Brittany holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College, Class of 2010. www.brittneymorello.com

Rachel Prather

RACHEL PRATHER (Annabella/Heidi Von Sturm) is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut. She is currently a junior Musical Theater Major atThe Boston Conservatory, where her credits include: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, Man of La Mancha, and Our Town. Other credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown, and Into the Woods (EOT, Florida). Special thanks to Paul Daigneault, Trent, family, and friends.

Kami Rushell Smith

KAMI RUSHELL SMITH* (Our Lady of the Spa) SpeakEasy: Debut! Local credits: Underground Railway Theatre: Harriet Jacobs (Harriet Jacobs); Reagle Music Theatre: Hairspray (Cindy/Dynamite); New Repertory Theatre: New Rep’s Darling Divas Deck the Holidays, Dessa Rose; Actors’ Shakespeare Project: Much Ado About Nothing (Hero); Wheelock Family Theatre: The Little Mermaid (Princess Mariana); Shakespeare Now!: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Boston Conservatory: The Life (April). She holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Love to J.W. and S.B. Thanks to the Pauls! www.KamiRushellSmith.com

Timothy John Smith

TIMOTHY JOHN SMITH* (Guido) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared as Satan in Jerry Springer – The Opera (IRNE Award), Britt Craig in Parade, and The Dancing Kid in Johnny Guitar. Other local credits include: Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre-By-The-Sea, Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington Theatre, and various roles at Trinity Rep, Lyric Stage and New Rep. He has been a company member with the Breadloaf School of English Acting Ensemble. Later this season, Tim will appear as a guest artist at the new Paramount Theatre as Don Quixote in the Emerson College spring production of Man of La Mancha. He is a Graduate of Saint Anselm College and the Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Andrew Stewart

ANDREW STEWART (Little Guido) SpeakEasy: Debut. Local Credits: Trouble in Tahiti (Boston Midsummer Opera), Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (New Repertory Theatre), Oliver!, Robin Hood, School House Rock (Concord Youth Theatre), Fame (Theatre with a Twist), Willy Wonka! (Metrowest Family Theatre). In Andrew’s free time, he enjoys reading and playing soccer. Andrew would like to thank his parents for making all this possible.

Santina Umbach

SANTINA UMBACH (Lina Darling) is thrilled to be performing on the SpeakEasy Stage for the second time, having made her debut as Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical last season. A senior at The Boston Conservatory, she was most recently seen as Maria in Shapespeare’s Twelfth Night. Some of her other school credits include Mimi in Rent, Young Stella in Follies, and Rebekah in the Boston Premiere of Angels, the Musical.. A huge thank you to Paul for casting me and turning my world upside down, and an even bigger thank you to my family and friends for getting me where I am today!

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Production Staff Biographies

JEFF ADELBERG (Lighting Designer) For SpeakEasy: Body Awareness, Adding Machine: A Musical (Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), [title of show], Blackbird, The New Century, The Little Dog Laughed, Fat Pig; Other recent work: Timon of Athens and The Duchess of Malfi (Actors' Shakespeare Project – IRNE award for Best Lighting Design); 2010 Christmas Revels; Four Places (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Real Inspector Hound (Publick); Gaslight (Stoneham Theatre); 12th Night, Rent, La Rondine, and Machinal (The Boston Conseratory); Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations (American Repertory Theatre); Speed-the-plow (New Repertory Theatre). Jeff attended the University of Connecticut and teaches at Boston College. www.LDJeff.com

PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Director/Producing Artistic Director) is proud that SpeakEasy is celebrating its 20th Season this year. Nine brings the number of plays that Paul has produced at SpeakEasy to 93! SpeakEasy directing highlights include: Body Awareness, The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don't!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director Midsize Company); The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; Elegies: A Song Cycle; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Merrily We Roll Along; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels and Wonderful Town (The Boston Conservatory); and Urinetown and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the Faculty at The Boston Conservatory. In 2007, Paul was honored with the Boston College Arts Council's Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement.

REBECCA K. DAVID (Asst. Props Master) - This is Rebecca's SpeakEasy debut, she is excited to be working on Nine, especially since she just served as props master for Emerson Stage's Nine in December. Rebecca is a Junior Stage and Production Management major at Emerson College where she also does Props and Sound Design.

RON DE MARCO (Props Master) is making his debut with SpeakEasy on this production of Nine. He is the Properties Director at Emerson College where he teaches prop design and management. Ron has recently propped productions for the Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Shakespeare, and The Nora Theatre. He is a member of The Society of Property Artisan Managers.

ERIC LEVENSON** (Set Designer) has designed twenty-two previous SpeakEasy productions. These have included sets for [title of show], Savannah Disputation, Jerry Springer, Blackbird, Some Men, A Little Dog Laughed, Parade, Caroline Or Change, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, Take Me Out, Company, A Man Of No Importance (co-production with Sugán), A Class Act, Three Days Of Rain, An American Daughter and Balm In Gilead (Elliot Norton Design Award), and sets and lights for Floyd Collins and Our Lady Of 121st Street. Eric’s recent designs include Speed The Plow at the New Rep, Machinal and Rent at Boston Conservatory and Not Enough Air at the Nora. Eric is an All-Categories member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

AARON MACK (Sound Designer) is ecstatic to return to SpeakEasy for his fourth season in a row. Aaron's most notable work with SpeakEasy includes Jerry Springer: The Opera, Adding Machine: A Musical, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other notable work includes, The Aliens (Company One), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Apollinaire Theatre), and The 39 Steps at Northern Stage Company. Aaron is a graduate of The New England Institute of Art, and is the Titles Department Head at the Santa Fe Opera Company in the summer months.

SEAGHAN MCKAY (Projection Design) returns to SpeakEasy having previously designed projections for Striking 12, [title of show], Jerry Springer: The Opera, Other local designs include Emerson Stage Light Up The Sky, The Boston Conservatory Rent, Brandeis Theater Company Hecuba, As You Like It, Boston College The Threepenny Opera, Gordon College Godspell; Lighting Design for Eric Chasalow’s The Puzzle Master, Jazz harpist Debra Henson-Conant’s Maquette performance of her Grammy-nominated Invention & Alchemy. Seághan performs as a live visualist (VJ) at the popular Thunderdome series of club events in Boston. Seághan is Lighting Supervisor at Brandeis University, where he also holds a position as Lecturer in Theater Arts. For more information, please visit www.seaghanmckay.com.

EMILY PAGE* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working with SpeakEasy for the very first time. She recently worked on Hot Mikado, Opus, Boom, Indulgences, A Christmas Carol, Speed the Plow, and Mister Roberts with New Repertory Theatre. Other recent credits include Trojan Barbie (American Repertory Theatre), The Miracle at Naples (Huntington Theatre Co.), and In a Dark Dark House (Almeida Theatre Co. London). She is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in Stage Management.

CHARLES SCHOONMAKER** (Costume Design) Previously at SpeakEasy: The Light in the Piazza, Reckless, [title of show] and The Wrestling Patient. New York productions include Limonade tous les Jours at the Cell, 9/11 Portraits at the Union Square, and Portrait of Jennie at the Henry Street Settlement. Works on Boston stages include A Long and Winding Road at The Huntington, Legacy of Light, Grey Gardens at The Lyric, Speed the Plow, The Clean House at The New Rep, Fever Chart and Harriet Jacobs at Underground Railway, and Trouble in Tahiti for Boston Midsummer Opera. Other theatres: Endgame, No Wake, The Einstein Project, Faith Healer for The Berkshire Theatre Company; Love Song, Blackbird and The Nibroc Trilogy at The Chester Theatre Company; Chicago, La Cage aux Folles and Cagney! At The Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, Miss Margarida’s Way at Bay Street Theatre. Dance Work: The Limon Company, The Julliard School, Boston Conservatory, The Nashville Ballet, The Richmond Ballet, and seven seasons as resident costume designer at Jacob’s Pillow. Television: Another World, All My Children, As The World Turns. Four Daytime Emmy Awards. MFA from NYU, on the faculty at Brandeis University.

AMY WEISSENSTEIN* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Speakeasy after stage managing In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) this fall. Previous Boston area credits include: The Miracle at Naples and Third (Huntington Theatre); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice (New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The European sand Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy is also Associate General Manger for Boston Midsummer Opera. She graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

Author Biographies & Info

Learn about playwright Federico Fellini (PDF)

Read an interview with composer Maury Yeston (PDF)


ARTHUR KOPIT (Book) is also the author of the plays Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad; Indians (Pulitzer Prize finalist); Wings (Tony Nominee, Pulitzer Prize finalist); End of the World, with Symposium to Follow ; a new translation of Ibsen's Ghosts; the book for the musicals Nine and Phantom (both with scores by Maury Yeston); the book for the musical High Society; Road to Nirvana; Because He Can (originally entitled Y2K); and numerous one act plays. Current projects include Discovery of America, a play based on the journals of the Spanish conquistador, Cabeza de Vaca, a new musical,Eureka!, and four other new plays, Secrets of the Rich, Autumn Light, The Incurables, and A Dram of Drumchhicit, the latter written with Anton Dudley, and slated for production in 2011 at the La Jolla Playhouse, Chris Ashley directing. Mr. Kopit is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center, where he heads the Lark Playwrights'Workshop.


MAURY YESTON (Music & Lyrics) is a composer, lyricist, author and teacher. In addition to winning his second Tony Award for Best Score for Broadway's Titanic (which won five Tonys including Best Musical), Yeston won a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway's Nine (based on Fellini's 8 ½). Yeston's contribution to the score for Broadway's Grand Hotel was nominated for a Tony and two Drama Desk Awards, and the Donmar Warehouse London production of this show won the Olivier Award. His score for Phantom has received national and international acclaim and is currently in production across America and Europe and Japan. Yeston's music and lyrics cover a wide variety of styles, from his Cello Concerto (premiered by Yo Yo Ma) to the concert album "Goya-- A Life In Song," (featuring Placido Domingo and Gloria Estefan). The song "Till I Loved You," from the "Goya" album became a Top 40 hit for Barbra Streisand. Twice nominated for a Grammy Award, Yeston's recordings include cast albums of Nine Titanic, Phantom, Grand Hotel, The Maury Yeston Songbook, December Songs, Goya, and the film soundtrack of Nine. Yeston also wrote the incidental music to the Broadway 2009 hit revival of The Royal Family, directed by Doug Hughes, and to the legendary Off Broadway premiere of Cloud 9, directed by Tommy Tune. Headed soon for the New York stage is Yeston-penned musical Death Takes A Holiday, with a Book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan. Scheduled for 2011 is Yeston's new full-length ballet Tom Sawyer, commissioned for the Kansas Ballet to inaugurate Kansas City's new Opera House and Arts Center.


MARIO FRATTI (Adaptation from the Italian) professor emeritus of Italian literature at Hunter College, is an internationally acclaimed playwright and drama critic. Author of such works as Suicide, The Cage, The Return, The Academy, Mafia, Races, and The Bridge, he is best known for his musical Nine (inspired by Fellini's famous film, 8 1/2) which in its original production in 1982 won the O'Neill Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, five Tony Awards and in 2000 was a recipient of the Otto Award for Political Theater. In its 2003 revival, Nine won three Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Tony Awards. Fratti's nearly seventy plays have received some six hundred productions in two dozen countries and have been translated into many languages. Fratti was born in Italy but has been living in New York City since 1963. In addition to his writing achievements, he also serves as New York drama critic for nine European newspapers.


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Basic Show Information

nine
Book by Arthur Kopit
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Based on Fellini's
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreography by David Connolly
January 21 - February 26, 2011


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Timothy John Smith (center) and company in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Aimee Doherty (center) and company in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Timothy John Smith and McCaela Donovan in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Maureen Keiller as Liliane La Fleur in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Andrew Stewart presents a gift to Maureen Keiller, as (from left) Jennifer Ellis, Shana Dirik, and Kami Rushell Smith look on in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Maureen Keiller (center) and company in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Cheryl Mc Mahon embraces Andrew Stewart as (from left) Jennifer Ellis and Shana Dirik look on in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Be Italian: (clockwise from top): Timothy John Smith, Kerry A. Dowling and Erik March in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Jennifer Ellis and Timothy John Smith in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. Getting Tall: (from left) Erik March and Timothy John Smith in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of NINE, running Jan. 21 - Feb. 20 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in the South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or online at www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.